The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency moved to scrap protections against one of our most potent greenhouse gases: methane. As it stands, new oil and gas operations must take steps to limit wasteful methane leaks—a pervasive industry problem. Now the agency is proposing to walk back those pollution-cutting requirements for new facilities and also exempt existing operations from the rule entirely. The rollback packs a serious planet-warming punch: Methane pollution has 87 times the heat-trapping power of carbon dioxide when analyzed over 20 years. The move also comes on the heels of the agency’s rollback of the Clean Power Plan—another greenlight to the fossil fuel industry to keep on polluting.
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EPA Walks Back Protections Against Methane, a Potent Planet-Warmer
Expert BlogUnited StatesNRDC
The agency is allowing the oil and gas industry to skirt polluting-cutting, climate-saving measures—right when we need them the most.
EPA's Free Pass for Oil and Gas: Another Climate Surrender
Expert BlogUnited StatesDavid Doniger
As the Amazon and Alaska burn and Hurricane Dorian barrels toward Florida, the Trump EPA issues another climate rollback. We're fighting to block it.
The Natural Gas Industry Has a Methane Problem
ExplainerUnited States, LouisianaJeff Turrentine
Oil and gas operations leak this potent greenhouse gas far more than previously thought, and (par for the course) the Trump administration is making the situation worse.
Greenhouse Effect 101
GuideUnited States, InternationalMelissa Denchak
By increasing the concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, we’re amplifying the planet’s natural greenhouse effect and turning up the dial on global warming.